January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Lenovo’s Miix 630 looks a lot like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, a Windows tablet with a detachable keyboard, but there’s a key difference. Announced Monday night at CES, the Miix 630 joins a small, but growing cadre of systems that run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform.Putting this high-end smartphone chip into a Windows PC brings the promise of slimmer, lighter systems that run for many hours longer than a similar system would if based on an Intel or AMD CPU. The tradeoff is performance: Qualcomm has acknowledged that its laptops probably won’t be as fast as AMD- or Intel-based…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Lenovo’s Smart Display puts Google Assistant on 8- and 10-inch touchscreens. The result is a smart-home sidekick that adds a visual element to all the rich A.I. features we’ve already seen in the Google Home smart speaker.Announced Monday night at CES and due to ship around July, it’s still too early to see how well Lenovo’s Smart DIsplays will compare to Amazon’s Echo Show (which earned high marks in our TechHive review). The hypervigilant Google product managers who orchestrated our briefing carefully focused the demo around what the Smart Displays could already do well, and shied away from features where…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Lest you doubt that Google is serious about spreading its AI. to every nook and cranny of the consumer electronics universe, consider today’s CES 2018 reveal: Google just announced four new “smart displays” from Lenovo, JBL, LG and Sony, plus a bevy of smart speakers and TVs from other partners, almost too numerous to mention. And all these devices come with Google Assistant baked in.This is a shot across the bough of Amazon, whose Alexa digital assistant is appearing in more and more third-party devices, as well.Google also announced that Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto dashboard units, and gave an official…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Welcome to Hero Makeover, our new video series where professional costume designers and makeup artists transform real-world heroes into their favorite characters. Ivy “Doomkitty” Turner is our hero in Episode 2, because she shows us how cosplay can encourage a positive body image. Bullied as a child, Ivy grew up with a lot of self-doubt and very little self-confidence. However, once she discovered cosplay, she learned how to embrace her body and now encourages others to do the same. Check out her amazing transformation into Spyro the Dragon in the video player above. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

There’s only one way to win in Battlerite, and that’s by directly taking down the enemy team. Behind the colorful art style is a free-to-play MOBA crafted specifically for intense, ultra-competitive teamfights. Its solid balance, skill-based combat, and ever-growing cast of champions go a long way to ensure every trip to the arena breathed new life into each match and kept me coming back for more. The first thing I noticed when I hopped into Battlerite was that, much like its now-defunct predecessor Bloodline Champions, it condenses much of what I love about MOBAs into a faster-paced format. Long gone…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Virtual reality’s second generation edges ever closer. We saw Oculus’s new Santa Cruz prototype this past October, and today HTC countered with its own plans: A “Vive Pro” upgrade, wireless adapter, and a new iteration of Valve’s SteamVR tracking.Let’s jump in.Vive 2.0 The Vive Pro isn’t specifically billed as Vive 2, perhaps because it runs all the same software. Make no mistake, though: This is the next step for HTC.The most obvious change is that it’s…blue. Like, really blue. All the marketing materials for the HTC Vive Pro portray it clad in rich sapphire. I can’t say I’m a huge…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adapter from HTC are improving the VR experience with higher resolution and the removal of wires. Announced today during CES, the Vive Pro has a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600 using dual OLED screens, a “78% increase in resolution” over the current generation HTC Vive headset. The Vive Wireless Adapter works with both the Vive and the Vive Pro, and uses Intel’s WiGig wireless technology. It promises low “latency and better performance” using the 60Ghz wireless band. Other improvements to the headset include “dual microphones with active noise cancellation,” as well as a set…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

One of my favorite CES pastimes is finding superfluous, ridonkulous, but totally awesome PC gear, like MSI’s illuminated SLI bridges with integrated fans from a few years back. CES 2018 proper hasn’t even kicked off yet but I think I’ve found this year’s winner: The Asus ROG Bezel-Free Kit for multi-monitor setups.The ROG Bezel-Free Kit eliminates the ugly, chunky bezels marring an otherwise unblemished multi-screen expanse when you connect a few displays together. Nothing breaks gaming immersion like bezels as you’re tracking action from screen to screen. And get this: Rather than packing advanced display technology or sensors, the ROG…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Echo Dot is designed to work seamlessly in every room of your house, and right now you can get $20 off your order when you buy 3 Dots, or get one Dot free when you buy 6. Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more. New Alexa “skills” are being created all the time. If you’re in the market for a few Dots, jump over to Amazon and claim your discount while it lasts.To read this article in full,…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The tech sector is thriving, and demand is high for those proficient in coding, web design, and other highly-regarded digital skills. Now, going to a four-year university is one way to acquire this know-how, but Stone River eLearning offers an alternative pathway for a fraction of the time and cost. Plus, you can sign up for a lifetime membership for over 90% off the usual price for a limited time.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico